Jardin botanique de Genève

In July I visited the Jardin botanique de Genève. The trip was long but worthwhile. Compared to other Swiss botanical gardens it’s quite big.

Already in front of the entrance, I was greeted by an interesting and beautiful plant: A Senna or Cassia, probably Senna didymobotrya.

The garden has a huge rockery, where we spent most of our time here. I gravitated of course to the plants from the southern hemisphere. Two splendid Acaenas: Acaena myriophylla and A. pallida.

Escallonia rosea from Chile.

This bulb was labelled Zephyranthes rosea, but I believe it is Z. andersonii.

Interesting placement of Opuntia.

Oenothera speciosa.

Daphne gnidium.

Huge Eucomis pole-evansii (a South-African) and another Eucomis (bicolor?).

A carpet of Phyla nodiflora.

Could this be hardy? Lessertia frutescens.

Myrsine africana planted out and thriving.

Berkheya purpurea, a classic.

Crassula setulosa. Crassula is kind of the Sedum counterpart of Southern Africa.

Elegant Daphne tangutica.

A huge Podocarpus macrophyllus.

A nice specimen of Arbutus unedo.

I really liked this Cephalaria leucantha.

Cool Berberis aetnensis.

Tree-like Ericas: Erica terminalis and E. scoparia.

On pictures I thought Cneorum tricoccon looks boring, but in person it’s great.

Origanum scabrum.

Intereting Catanche caerulea.

Veratrum nigrum.

European Ericaceae: Rhodothamnus chamaecistus.

Another Opuntia. O. vulgaris.

Two totally different looking Saxifragas: Saxifraga sancta and S. pensylvanica.

Daphne alpina.

Almost a tree fern: Polystichum aculeatum.

Loiseleuria procumbens.

Rhodiola rosea.

Helianthemum lunulatum.

Genista sagittalis looks like one of the leafless plants from New Zealand.

Cool leaves on Hypericum balearicum.

Those are actually flowers on Acantholimon acerosum, not dried seed pods.

Several garden beds were holding different plant families. In this one were Sedums: Sedum sieboldii looked interesting.

Sedum stahlii is from Mexico. Want!

Now I found the Australasian part of the garden: First Raoulia glabra.

I don’t know which of these plants stay outdoor in winter. I don’t think all of them.

Hymenthera obovata.

Phormium tenax.

Cool Coprosmas: Coprosma propinqua.

Coprosma robusta.

Comprosma rugosa, my favorite of the bunch.

Stays Griselinia littoralis really outside in winter?

Haloragis erecta.

Derwentia derwentiana.

Plagianthus divaricatus. I want this bundle of sticks!

Carmichaelia enysii should be hardy.

Here I’m not sure: Carmichaelia australis.

A mature Podocarpus from New Zealand.

I love Eryngiums from South America: Eryngium agavifolium.

Eryngium pandanifolium.

Berberis mucrifolia looked interesting.

A winter hardy Cinnamon: Cinnamomum japonicum.

Winter hardy? Euphorbia coerulescens.

Nice looking Euphorbia virgata.

Xerophytic ferns are great: Asplenium ceterach.

The Jardin botanique had also cool conservatories.


The gesneriad collection.




A Puya chilensis outdoors?!


Magnificent Opuntia santarita.

Yucca desmetiana.

A shrubby Dianella.


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